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Barcelona Taxi Guide – Costs, Apps, Airport Trips, Tips

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On holiday you’ll find cabs from the Barcelona taxi system everywhere – you likely won’t wait more than a minute and prices are cheaper than most major European cities.

Yes, it’s still the most expensive way to get around but with a few precautions taking a taxi in Barcelona can be a great way to get around.

Before getting started you may also want to take a look at Taxileader.

This fully licensed, highly regulated taxi company is a great service to get a free quote on your ride in just seconds. It’s my go-to option for getting a taxi from the airport or any other large trips you have in mind.

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How to Get a Taxi in Barcelona

If you’ve picked a great area to stay central or are out at cool bars or restaurants you likely won’t have to wait more than a few minutes to hail an official black and yellow taxi in the street.

Look for fluorescent green lights in the windows – these ones are free.

To book a taxi in advance call +34 93 225 0000 (mandatory for more than 4 passengers). You can also book Barcelona taxis using any of their company-supported apps.

There’s a useful taxi fare calculator available online.

Barcelona Taxi Prices 2021

There is a minimum charge of €2.25 depending on the time of day.

A typical taxi trip in the city costs €7.00 to €15.00.

T1* 2021  T2* 2021  T3* 2021  T4* 2021
Fixed minimum€2.25€2.25€3.25€39.00
Per km€1.17€1.41€1.31+n/a
One hour waiting€22.40€22.40€22.40n/a

Supplements:

  • Airport: €4.30 (the minimum charge to Barcelona is €20.00).
  • Cruise terminal/port: €4.30.
  • Major stations (Sants and the Exhibition Centre): €2.50.
  • Special nights (23-24 June, 24-25-31 December, January 1st): €3.10.
  • Wheelchairs, strollers, guide dog: Free.
  • 4-8 passenger vehicles: €4.30

Taxis at Barcelona Airport

There are taxi stands in both terminals which are easily found following the signs outside departures. The minimum airport charge from El Prat airport is €20.00.

The typical cost of a taxi from Barcelona airport to the centre is between €30.00 to €35.00. From Terminal 1 (T1) expect to pay about €30.00 while Terminal 2 (T2) is about €35.00.

For groups larger than four ask one of the taxi stand attendants to call a van taxi (€4.30 supplement).

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Barcelona Taxi Safety and Complaints

This isn’t a trip to the ‘big square’ in Marrakesh –  we’re taking a taxi in Barcelona! Drivers are required by law to run on the meter so you’re unlikely to get ripped off.

The ones I’ve dealt with are honest. Whether I’m speaking to them in Spanish or doing a ‘marketing test’ in English the results are the same: a logical route with no hassles.

I’ve heard very few bad Barcelona taxi stories, and most came from people who enjoyed Barcelona’s best nightlife a little too much. If you’re tipsy just get in that cab, pronounce the name of your hotel or Airbnb confidently, and pay attention!

Bad experience? Ask for a receipt (un recibo) and cite it using this taxi complaint form.

The form must be mailed to: Metropolitan Taxi Institute, Carrer Número 62 No. 18, Barcelona, Spain, 08040.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Barcelona

While typical Barcelona taxis are not outfitted for disabled visitors there is a separate company called Taxi Amic. These spacious tailor-made taxis come with a special ramp to accommodate wheelchairs.

Timetable: weekdays from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, weekends 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

You can book the taxi online (with 24 hour’s notice) at the Taxi Amic website.

To book a taxi via phone call Taxi Amic at +34 934 208 088.

Barcelona Taxi Hacks

  • Taxis with green lights can’t pick you up within 200 meters of any taxi stand.
  • Don’t tip the drivers (tipping is not expected anywhere in Spain).
  • For €2-3 extra you can call for an ‘ecological’ taxi at (0034) 932-783-000.
  • If your hotel is near the airport check first to see if your hotel includes free shuttle service.
  • Supplements are usually added at the end of the trip.
  • Many of the smaller tourist streets in the Gotico, Raval, and Born are pedestrian-only. Check your destination and try to find a logical drop-off point in advance to avoid the driver giving you the run-around.
  • Make sure you’re heading the right direction. Most Barcelona streets are one-way, so often a quick look on your smart phone GPS to position yourself on the right side of the street could save you money.
  • The lost property contacts are +34 90 210 1564 or bjper-taxi@amb.cat.

When to Take a Taxi in Barcelona

It’s so easy to get around Barcelona by public transport that taking taxis can be impractical.

For this reason I suggest taking a taxi in Barcelona if:

  • You’re in a big hurry.
  • The company is paying.
  • It’s raining (rare).
  • You’ve had a few drinks (not rare).
  • You’re made of money (very rare).

If you’re going anywhere in groups of three or four the price difference between a taxi and the metro is negligible. You’ll get nearly anywhere central for 2-3 euros each.

Especially at night when buses run less frequently, getting an extra 45 minutes of sleep and not dragging your luggage around town at 4:00 am might be worth the extra money.

TAXILEADER – Barcelona Airport Taxi Transfer

Taxis are surely the quickest way to get to your hotel from the airport.

A ton of people have been asking me if there are any booking services and for this reason I’ve decided to go ahead and partner with Taxileader and their super efficient airport transfer to and from El Prat.

By clicking the blue button below you’ll get a free trip estimate in just seconds.

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After using this service personally I can say the the prices are honest and many of my readers have said the same.

What’s cool is that you’ll have a little James Bond moment by arriving to your driver holding a sign with your name on it.

To book you’ll simply have to leave a valid credit card and a 20% deposit as a guarantee. You’ll only end up being charged at the end of the journey. If you want you can also pay in cash.

If you’re travelling with kids you’ll also be entitled to a car seat or booster seat for free!

Booking Taxis via the Free Now App

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At the end of the day this service combines the convenience and preciseness of Uber with the legitimacy and safety of using the city’s black and yellow cabs.

Prices

Since this app utilizes the city’s black and yellow cabs the price is the same as quoted above.

The good thing about booking using the app however that the address and directions will be more precise and there’s no way the cab driver can rip you off taking the long way. It also beats standing on the corner waiting.

Another advantage? With your first trip using the buttons below you’ll get a €5.00 discount on your first ride using the code ‘ashley.pil’.

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How to Book

To book a taxi in Barcelona via Free Now just follow the instructions below:

  • Download the app using the buttons above.
  • Indicate your personal details and payment methods: this way you won’t have to fool around with giving cash to the driver and there’s no chance they won’t know where it is since it’s connected to the GPS.
  • Under the “promo code” portion of the app insert the discount code “ashley.pil” to have a €5.00 discount on your first trip.
  • You’ll then need to insert your pickup and drop off points (just like Uber) and you’ll be quoted an estimate on the price.
  • Get in and enjoy the ride! You’ll be able to follow the journey progress on your phone.
  • You’ll be debited the price at the ride’s conclusion.

As of 2021 you can also order your Free Now taxi adapted for disabled visitors.

The fee for these special taxis is €14.00.

Help Me Help You

You’re ready for your Barcelona taxi experience but if you’re not sure make to drop me a line in the comments below with your destination and I’ll let you know the best way to get around.

Also don’t be afraid to join the taxi discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

78 comments
  • August 13, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    Vishal
    Dear Team, Greetings from MAX INDIA LTD !! An urgent request from our MD's office has been made to look for the best possible rates for chauffeur driven car facility - Driver to report at Barcelona city center area by 8AM & drive the guests to Marca falset (gratallops) on 21st Sep & return on 22nd Sep evening back to Barcelona city center. Kindly share the rates asap. Many Thanks
    • August 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Vishal, This is a very, very specific request since it's an almost two hour drive and I wouldn't be able to give you any estimations myself. Your best bet is to get a free estimate on the website Taxileader here. I'm guessing the price will be quite high especially if a taxi from Barcelona needs to come there for the return trip. Please let me know how you get on! Ash
  • August 11, 2018 at 9:55 pm
    Michael
    Ash, really helpful site. Thanks a lot! Do you have any tips for visiting BCN with dogs? I´ll be there from Aug 23rd with two small dogs, apartment in Eixample.
    • August 12, 2018 at 9:25 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michael, I've never had a dog so can't really comment much from experience, however I've found a pretty in depth guide on visiting Barcelona with dogs that could be of help. :) Ash
  • June 13, 2018 at 11:54 pm
    Naren Rao
    Ash - Great site, very helpful and to the point. Much appreciate your efforts. So I used your link and created a Cabify account. However the challenge is with the bags and 5 people, there is no options other than Lite and Executive. Is there a minivan company. Worst case 2 Lite reservations to Gothic quarter. what would you recommend. Thanks in advance Regards Naren
    • June 14, 2018 at 2:05 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Naren, Thanks for much for the compliments on the blog :) You will have to get a sedan cab that fits more than 4 adults. In this case using the MyTaxi app (download links above) you can go under preferences in the booking process and select up to 8 people – this is far preferred to calling any taxi service as the English usually isn’t the great. With the app you’re still using the licensed local yellow cabs but it’s all in English for you and you don’t even have to talk! I would do this before going through any secondary company. Ash
  • April 19, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    Kassa
    Hi Admin, My group will be 4 adults and 2 infants - both under 3 years old. Can we get in a sedan cab? is lap riding allowed for infants in taxis?
    • April 19, 2018 at 6:07 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kassa, By law any child under 135 centimeters has to be using a car seat for travelling in taxis, including the rideshare programs etc. You will have to get a sedan cab that fits more than the 4 adults, in this case using the MyTaxi app (download links above) you can go under preferences in the booking process and select up to 8 people - this is far preferred to calling any taxi service as the English usually isn't the great. With the app you're still using the licensed local yellow cabs but it's all in Engish for you and you don't have to talk haha. Ash
  • April 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    Sumit
    Nicely put information for our upcoming trip to Barcelona. Is it easy to find the official black & yellow taxi for 4 adults + 1 kid (7 years) within the city? I noticed that Cabify has an option for the larger vehicle but they are not as frequent. Are there any larger black & yellow taxis and does the mytaxi app have the option to hail them?
    • April 13, 2018 at 11:57 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sumit, Yes in MyTaxi you'll be able to look under 'preferences' and you'll be able to select 'multi-seater' up to 8 passengers. Since this operates with the city taxi system they should be more frequent than Cabify. As far as flagging them down in the street it'll be very rare to find the van taxis with more seats. I would make sure I had MyTaxi downloaded. Ash
  • March 26, 2018 at 2:40 pm
    Hannah
    Hello Ash, Do the cabify and Mytaxi app charge per person? Also, is there a promo code for cabify?
    • March 26, 2018 at 4:04 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Hannah, I'm not sure what you mean by per person - the fare that comes up on your app will be the total charge for up to 4 passengers. So if it's 10 euros it'll be 2.50 each. Cabify used to have a promo code but they apparently signed up enough users so they don't do it anymore :( Ash
  • January 1, 2018 at 11:27 pm
    Tim
    Hi Ash, thanks for a great resourceful site. It has been the main resource for my visit. Paying it forward I wanted to offer some additional info. The minimum charges and date limits mentioned in reference to Cabify must be old. You can reserve a Cabify taxi days in advance and without seemingly a minimum charge. Cabify has been great. Of note, for tourists with foreign based credit cards, your credit card may not be accepted if it was not issued in a country in which Cabify operates, only leaving you with a PayPal payment option. Additionaly, there is another service, "MyTaxi." It seems to be cheaper and also allows advance booking and PayPal payment. It is so cheap that when I compared prices for my trip back to the airport, it seemed equivalent to public transport for two followed by two one way Aerobus tickets. Thanks again.
    • January 2, 2018 at 2:04 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Tim, Thanks a lot for the heads up! I am currently about to update the article for 2018 so will include the information... glad to know I've got astute readers out there making my job easier ;) I will try MyTaxi when I get back to BCN over the holidays and add it accordingly should it pass my rigorous standards test haha. Have a Happy New Year and thanks again :) Ash
      • January 2, 2018 at 6:03 am
        Tim
        Well, I spoke too soon. I would say please try it and review it to warn your trusting readers. MyTaxi seems to be a matching and reservation service and app that uses the regular black and yellow taxis. However, the fare estimate grossly misrepresents the actual fare (€16-19 estimate for a €33 fare). That singular experience is enough for me to uninstall the app and not use it again...:( back to the trusted Cabify and Aerobus services!
        • January 2, 2018 at 8:07 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi again Tim, Thanks for the heads up on this one, definitely sounds a bit suspicious and an experience I wouldn't have my readers go through. I will keep looking for an alternative with a first time discount. Ash
  • October 21, 2017 at 5:51 am
    Reb
    Hi Ash, I just returned from Barcelona and the cabify app you introduced worked and it was so much cheaper than the normal taxi. The app is very user friendly and accurate. We only had to wait less than 5 mins and the driver were at the designated location. Though some of them don't really speak English but that's not a problem as the final destination has already been keyed in when we called for the transport and the driver will safely drive you there. We tried using the normal taxi once and it costed us 7 euros for a 5mins ride. Whereas a 20mins ride on cabify only costed 8.50euros! This is also cashless and it's very convenient. Thanks so much for sharing this useful piece of info:)
    • October 21, 2017 at 11:39 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Reb, I am very glad it worked out for you! Any time I can find a cheaper/faster alternative I'm glad to share. Hope your trip was amazing, and look forward to you coming back soon ;) Ash
  • September 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    Reb
    Hello Ash Thanks for the great effort in putting all these useful information together. It is really helpful! By the way, am not from Spain and looks like the cabify apps wants us to put our contact number +34 xxx.. So does this apps apply to us foreigner if we are going to Barcelona for holiday? Thanks Reb
    • September 14, 2017 at 11:13 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thank you Reb I am glad some of my work is paying off and people seem satisfied :) Once you've downloaded the Cabify app in the sign up window it does default to "+34" but just touch the number and a menu will come down with all the different country codes. You shouldn't have any issue signing up with foreign numbers, lots have signed up for the deal using my blog with no issue! Any more questions I am here :) Ash
  • June 16, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Cecilia
    Thanks for this wonderful website! Can I check if cabify has an option to choose a larger car as we are a group of 4 adults with 3 big luggage so I'm not sure if the trunk of regular taxis can accommodate our luggage. Also, how long do we have to wait for a taxi using cabify? Our flight is more than 10 hours long so we are planning to just make a booking after we've collected our baggage. Also, where is the best/easiest pickup location at Terminal 1 Airport for us to meet cabify driver? Sorry for the barrage of questions, thanks in advance!
    • May 19, 2019 at 10:57 am
      Aprilee
      Good day, I used Mytaxi app to go from BCN airport to my hotel. There was much traffic and it took about 35 mins, 3 passengers, 3 suitcases, cost us €30. When leaving, we asked hotel to call a taxi for us. He came and the meter was running already. Only took 15-20 mins drive since there was no traffic. Neter said about 32.80 when we arrived at BCN, then the driver pressed some buttons and it went to €44. We complained and he said that Sunday is a holiday and they charge for suitcases. Is this true? Seems like we got scammed by not using the app.
      • May 19, 2019 at 3:45 pm
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Aprilee, I understand the paranoia as I tend to have it myself hhaa... but know that there is a €1.00 suitcase charge plus a €3.10 airport charge so that button pushing was legitimate. Also I'm assuming with MyTaxi that you took advantage of the €5.00 discount code in signing up using the link above? The Sunday holiday thing though seems strange. What day was it exactly? Ash
    • June 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Cecilia, First of all thanks for the compliments on the website, it means a lot :) I haven't yet heard how any of my readers have got on using Cabify at the airport so I'm only going on what I've translated from the Cabify website. Once you're in the terminal connect to the free wifi (before getting baggage) and order it. You will be able to select from 'lite' (small car), 'baby' (ones adapt with baby seats), and 'van' (for larger groups and luggage)... it should take 20-30 minutes to arrive giving you ample time to grab your bags etc. Another option is (if you've got a direct flight) to finalize the booking right before you take off (and you know you'll arrive on time)... to do this go to the 'reserve' portion of the app where you can custom order a van and even get them to meet you at the arrivals hall. To do this simply write “can you meet me outside arrivals in T2 at XX:XX with a sign saying (insert name here)?” in the 'communicate with driver' portion of the app. You may also want to write it in Spanish: “me puede esperar con un cartel a las XX:XX a la salida de las llegadas en Barcelona El Prat T2?”. Please ensure you change the X's to a time ;) If all is going well and you know you'll be on time I'd suggest the second option because it's the easiest pickup point having them come right into the terminal! I know that Cabify has designated parking spots at the Madrid airport but as of yet haven't made a deal in Barcelona - I'm afraid with the first option you'll probably have to meet them where they suggest. All can be arranged when they contact you. Anyway, please let me know how you get on with all of this! And if you have any more questions I am of course here for you :) Ash
      • June 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Also, apologies... I should have written 'T1' in my template... this June heat must be getting to this Canadian's head ;)
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